In Memoriam: The Chicago Bears Defense (2004 – 2013)

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Smith was relieved of his duties after missing the playoffs for 4 of the previous 5 seasons.  Urlacher, who suffered through an injury plagued 2012 season and declining performance, was not brought back.  Season-ending injuries to defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins, a trip to IR for Pro Bowl cornerback and defensive lynch pin Charles Tillman and a significant loss of time by defensive captain Lance Briggs left the Bears hobbled and exposed major weaknesses at the safety position.

Nov 24, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook (89) is tackled by Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte (47) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 24, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook (89) is tackled by Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte (47) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Second year defensive end Shea McClellin and veteran safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte head the list of disappointing players.  They have played a significant role in the defense’s demise.  Teams routinely run right at McClellin, who cannot set the edge and maintain containment.  Chris Conte has struggled in run support, consistently taking bad angles.  To compound matters, teams are scheming to get him in isolation matchups where his best option has been to commit a penalty.

The Bears defense is survived by Virginia McCaskey, loving Matriarch of the franchise, Ted Phillips, team President, General Manager Phil Emery, who must re-stock and reshape the rosters, devoted head coach Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who will beleft to pick up the pieces of the shattered group.

Memorial services will be held on Monday night December 9th at Soldier Field, the next Bears home game.  A visitation will also be held in Minneapolis on December 1, where Adrian Peterson and the Vikings will pay their respects.  The team has requested that in lieu of flowers, that fans send safeties and defensive tackles.

You can eulogize the once mighty Bears defense in the Comments.  Leave your condolences below.

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  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    RIP Monsters of the Midway. It was heck of a run. I think we can have a ressurection if we bring in the right players this offseason Mel Tucker can immediately have us atleast respectable. We’ll have good draft position & plenty of cap space to do it. Couple that with Cutty & the rest of the offense playing their second year in Trestman’s offense & I think we can make a serious run next year. IF CUTLER CAN STAY HEALTHY !!

  • Michael Praser

    I just can’t believe that they are gone. I keep looking at the field envisioning a top 10 defense. Well, when Adrian Peterson has a record setting single game rushing record next week, closure will be complete.

  • Gary Gettz

    I wonder if Chris Conte started taking ‘Adam Archuleta’ pills this season because he’s sure playing as well as good ol’ Adam did in his one season with the Bears. For every good play Conte makes, there’s 4 or 5 more where he’s either out of position, taking the a bad angle, beaten by a receiver or all of the above and then some. He really looks over matched out there most of the time, especially when he’s being run over which unfortunately most of the time. I wanna believe it’s a scheme, but with each passing game, it appears to be more of a Conte thing. He really seems clueless.

    He’s an NFL player so he’s obviously got more talent than I do, but he’s not being paid to play like I do. I’m sure it’s pretty hard to play at a top level all of the time at the NFL level, so I’d be happy if Conte could manage it for 50% of the time.

    Guys (white or black) who really don’t have any game, should probably avoid getting all of the tats. Just adds to the embarrassment. The mustache is a real winner too, isn’t?

    (Replace Conte’s name with Major Wright and all of the above still applies, except maybe the mustache).